St-Vincent Tournante Part Deux: The Fantastic Frenchies of V59 Imports!!

Special “Shop Hours” Tasting of Wines from Burgundy, Loire, Champagne & more!!

SUNDAY, MARCH 30:  4PM-7PM

Light Fare at the Bar

$65 all-inclusive (food & wine); retail sales available

Swing by St. Vincent THIS SUNDAY for a tasting of more than a dozen top-flight French wines – sparklers, whites and reds – and MEET THE GROWERS during a special afternoon “Shop Hours.” We’ll be teaming up with Vintage 59 Imports, a French wine specialist, who have flown producers from Champagne, Burgundy, the Loire and elsewhere for a series of consumer and trade events in SF. Help us kick off their visit in style, maybe practice your French, and learn from the makers themselves about some fantastic artisanal wines.

Here’s a detailed look at the wines we’ll be pouring (and who’ll be joining us):

 

Champagne Barnaut (Phillip Seconde), CHAMPAGNE

Barnaut Champagne Grand Cru Grande Réserve NV ($42 retail)

*Grower Champagne (recoltant manipulant).  

Growing Region.  Bouzy, Champagne, France.

Terroir Highlight.  The neighboring villages of Bouzy and Ambonnay produce Champagne’s most full-bodied Pinot Noir, and often its best.  

Grape Variety.  66% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay.

Vinification Notes.  The reserve wine comes from a batch first made in 1874 and replenished every year.  6,500 cases a year.

 

Barnaut Champagne Rosé Authentique NV ($50 retail)

Grape Variety.  Pinot Noir with 10-15% Bouzy Chardonnay added for freshness.

Vinification Notes. Saignée method. 

Amazing rosé Champagne!!!

 

Domaine Henry Natter Sancerre (Matilde Natter), LOIRE VALLEY

 

Sancerre 2012 ($24)

Growing Region.  Montigny, Sancerre, Loire Valley, France.

Terroir Highlight.  Located in Southwest Sancerre, terres blanches terroir.

Grape Variety.  100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Viticulture Notes.  Organic.

Vinification Notes.  Fermentations occur in huge old wood foudres

Fun Fact.  Natter is the only winemaking domaine in Montigny.

 

Sancerre “Cuvée Francois de la Garange” 2010 ($32)

Terroir Highlight.  50+ year old vines,  terres blanches terroir

Grape Variety.  100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Viticulture Notes.  Organic.

Vinification Notes.  Fermentation occurs in old wood foudres, 9-12 mo. Elevage entirely in big casks. 1,650 cases annually

Fun Fact. This Cuvée is named after Francois de la Garagne, Baron of Montigny. He was in the personal service of King Henry the III, and eventually became a Knight in the order of the Holy Spirit, and Marshal of France.  

 

DOMAINE PFISTER (MELANIE PFISTER), ALSACE

 

Domaine Pfister Crémant d’Alsace NV ($24)

Growing Region.  Bas Rhin, Alsace, France.

Terroir Highlight.  The Bas Rhin is the northern half of the Alsace vineyard region, less protected by the Vosges Mountains and more exposed to winds and cooler weather. 

Grape Variety.  Roughly equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc/Auxerrois

Viticulture Notes.  Hand harvested.

Vinification Notes.  Made and aged in tank.  Rests on its lees for a minimum of 24 months. Named non-vintage because of the 3 or 4 disgorgements each year, however, the wine is in fact a single-vintage without any older reserve wine. 600 cases a year.

Fun Fact.  The signature on the Pfister labels is that of Mélanie’s great-grandfather. Melanie is an 8th generation winemaker for her family.   


Domaine Pfister Pinot Gris Tradition 2011  ($25)

Terroir Highlight.  From 3.26 acres of 20-year-old vines which grow on a steep hillside with relatively rich, deep, marly soil.

Grape Variety.  100% Pinot Gris.

Vinification Notes.  Made and aged in tank.  Aged on fine lees. 750 cases produced.

 

GILBERT PICQ (DIDIER PICQ), CHABLIS, BURGUNDY

 

Gilbert Picq & Ses Fils Chablis “Dessus la Carrière” 2011 ($26) 

Growing Region. Chichée, Chablis, France.

Terroir Highlight.  Single vineyard translating as Above the Quarry: these vines grow in very thin soil above pure white Kimmeridgian Limestone (aka the Roche Mere) that was once quarried for its stone.

Grape Variety.  100% Chardonnay.

Vinification Notes.  Fermented with native yeast and aged in steel.  This cuvée rests on its lees the longest of all the Picq wines.

 

 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot (MARC & ALEX BACHELET), BURGUNDY

 

Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Hameau de Blagny 2011 ($85)

Growing Region.  Puligny-Montrachet, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France.

Terroir Highlight.  Stones, big time.  High up on the slope.

Grape Variety.  100% Chardonnay.

Vinification Notes.  10-12 months in wood (roughly 25% new), then over to stainless steel for 6 more months of aging before bottling.

 

Bachelet-Monnot Maranges 1er Cru Clos de la Boutière 2011 ($35) 

Growing Region.  Maranges, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France.

*Maranges gained AOC status in 1989 and Jean-François Bachelet (father) was a leading advocate during the deliberation

Terroir Highlight.  Average vine age is 65 yrs.  Classic Jurassic limestone bedrock and blue-gray marly soil. 3.5 acres.

Grape Variety.  100% Pinot Noir.

Vinification Notes.  10-12 months in wood (roughly 25% new), then over to cement for 6 more months of aging before bottling.  

 

Domaine Lucien Muzard (CLAUDE & ROMAIN MUZARD), BURGUNDY

 

Lucien Muzard Santenay 1er Cru La Maladière 2011($50)

Growing Region.  Santenay, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France.

Terroir Highlight.  Located on the Sunniest, yet, coolest part of Santenay. The vines grow on a steep hillside directly behind the village.

Grape Variety.  100% Pinot Noir.

Viticulture Notes.  Biodynamic.

Vinification Notes.  wood fermented with native yeasts.  Unfiltered and unfined.

 

Lucien Muzard Santenay 1er Cru Les Gravières 2011 ($53)

Terroir Highlight. From 3.31 acres of vines in the largest premier cru in the Santenay, named after its gravel content.

Grape Variety.  100% Pinot Noir.

Viticulture Notes.  Biodynamic.

Vinification Notes.  wood fermented with native yeasts.  Unfiltered and unfined. 680 cases a year.

 

Mas des Dames (Lidewij van Wilgen), Languedoc

 

Mas des Dames Côteaux du Languedoc “La Diva” 2009 ($23)

Growing Region.  Côteaux du Languedoc, Languedoc, France.

Terroir Highlight.  Vines grow on a site rich with Languedoc’s notable thyme-inspired garrigue. The old Alicante parcels total 2 acres of pre-WWII vines that grow in distinctly red soil.

Grape Variety.  Based on Syrah with Grenache and a dollop of Alicante Bouschet.

Viticulture Notes.  Organic. Very low yields.

Winery Fact.  Mas de Dames means “farm of the ladies,” as Lee and her three daughters “person” the Mas.

 

Mas des Dames IPG d’Oc Blanc 2012 ($20) 

Terroir Highlight.  Vines grow on a 2.5-acre parcel in a vein of chalky limestone soil full of crustacean fossils, much like in Chablis.

Grape Variety.  100% Grenache Blanc

Viticulture Notes.  Organic. Very low yields.

TASTE THEM ALL FOR $65

SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 4-7 PM

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PRIVATE EVENTS AT ST VINCENT

 

 

 

From receptions for up to 130 people to more intimate, educational wine tastings, St. Vincent hosts a wide variety of private events. Our open floor plan gives us tremendous flexibility in how we utilize the space, and our kitchen, helmed by Chef Bill Niles, can turn out anything from canapés to multi-course seated meals. Expert beverage guidance is provided by Owner/Wine Director David Lynch, who curates St. Vincent’s wine and beer program, recently named an Open Table “Diner’s Choice” winner.

Awarded Three Stars from the San Francisco Chronicle, St. Vincent is an American tavern, working with the best, most seasonal ingredients. Chef Bill Niles, previously of Bar Tartine, is a native of Philadelphia and draws on many East Coast influences in his cooking, often reaching down to the southeastern US for inspiration. James Beard Award-winning sommelier and author David Lynch complements this bold cuisine with an extensive, eclectic beverage selection, including more than 100 wines under $100. Bill and David are always available to work with you directly on food and wine choices for your event. (For current menus and wine list, please see the “Eat” and “Drink” sections of this site.)

EVENT TYPES & PRICING STRUCTURES

Luncheons (12pm-4pm, Mon-Sat)

St. Vincent is not open for regular lunch service, but can host seated, private luncheons for up to 40 people (as well as larger ‘stand-up’ receptions). Pricing for seated luncheons begins at $35/person for food ($25/person for ‘stand up’ events with lighter fare), with beverages charged on consumption. 8.75% CA Sales Tax and 20% gratuity added. Lunch events represent excellent value, offering an opportunity to “own” the space at a fraction of the cost of an evening buyout.

Buyouts (evenings, Mon-Sun)

A food & beverage minimum of $5,000 (before Tax & 20% Gratuity) is required for evening buyouts Mon-Wed; the minimum increases to $6,000 from Thu-Sat. There are no other charges other than those for food and beverage. St. Vincent is typically closed Sundays, so pricing varies for Sunday buyouts based on the style and size of the event.

Offsite Catering (open)

Or we can come to you: We cater events of any size, with food pricing starting at $25/person for 4 different passed items. Service charges and other expenses apply. All of our wines are available for retail sale as needed.

OTHER SERVICES

As needed, we are happy to provide (at competitive rates): Valet Service; Custom Menus; Party Favors (such as our house-made vinegar or copies of David Lynch’s books); Floral Arrangements; Audio/Visual; Custom-Designed Wine Education Programs

CONTACT

Lauren Pelusi, Hospitality Manager, 415-285-1200; stvincentevents@gmail.com

ADDRESS: 1270 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Between 23rd & 24th Streets in San Francisco’s Mission District)

PHONE: 415-285-1200

PARKING: Public Parking Lot at the Mission-Barlett Garage, 21st Street between Valencia/Mission